Della LA Gives Disadvantaged Women in Ghana the Chance to Succeed
Spruce up your summer garb while supporting impoverished women with cool accessories from Della!
If you’ve been looking for a vibrant summer tote, some trendy earrings, or a dapper tie for your guy, Della LA has got you covered. Founded by fashion-forward do-gooder Tina Tangalakis, the line provides disadvantaged Ghanaian women with educational opportunities and financial independence.
“Our mission is to be a socially responsible fashion line, believing that empowerment, education, and commerce are necessary in order to help the women we work with rise above poverty,” Tangalakis told us in an exclusive interview. “Della provides all of our employees in Ghana with skills training, team leadership and management skills, weekly literacy classes, and National Social Security Benefits.”
At the center of the brand are painstakingly handcrafted hobo bags. Choose from a handful of intricate patterns to give any ensemble a pop of color.
“This was the first piece in our collection and designing it actually inspired me to start Della,” Tangalakis explained. “I designed it on my first trip to Ghana when I went over to volunteer. Basically, I fell in love with the local textiles and thought it would be fun to bring my sisters back a souvenir that they would use on a daily basis. Knowing my sisters are a little more picky in their fashion sense and wouldn’t use a traditional Ghanaian purse, I designed the hobo, combining the local textiles with a design I thought would be well-received in the States.”
And at these prices, you can pick up one for yourself and use them as gifts for the summer birthday girls on your list. The hobos range from $42 for a regular-size bag to $52 for a large. Or, choose from electronics cases, jewelry, headbands, and various accessories to step up your style.
If you’re wondering what’s next for Della, you’ll be pleased to know that the company has some exciting projects in the works, including jewelry and clothing. Sweet!
In the meantime, Tangalakis is thankful that she’s able to do what she loves while helping others.
“The big thing for me is finding a way to combine art and humanitarian work, and fortunately, Della fulfills both,” she said.
You go, girl!
Diana Denza is a regular contributor to BettyConfidential.